Tag: U.S. Supreme Court

Don’t let John Roberts fool you – with special guest Univ. of Michigan law professor Leah Litman

Don’t let John Roberts fool you – with special guest Univ. of Michigan law professor Leah Litman

Leah Litman on Twitter: @LeahLitman Leah Litman’s Strict Scrutiny podcast is at StrictScutinyPodcast.com The Strict Scrutiny podcast on Twitter: @StrictScrutiny_ Leah Litman at the Take Care blog: June Medical As The New Casey Richard Hasen & Leah Litman at the Georgetown Law Journal: Thin and Thick Conceptions of the Nineteenth Amendment Right to Vote and Congress’s Power to Enforce It […]

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WATCH: Pr*sident Trump uses the “Yank and Pull” power play handshake on SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch

WATCH: Pr*sident Trump uses the “Yank and Pull” power play handshake on SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch

In the world of handshakes, there numerous different types. One well-known one is the “Yank and Pull” handshake designed to manipulate and demean its recipient: Yank and Pull: This handshake is considered a power play, as it’s when a person decides to grab your arm and pull you in close towards them and inside their territory/personal space. There are three […]

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UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court shoots down Michigan AG Schuette’s voter suppression effort

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court shoots down Michigan AG Schuette’s voter suppression effort

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, shown here sweeping up horse manure, has led an effort to suppress Democratic turnout in Michigan elections by fighting to uphold a ban on the option to vote a straight-ticket in our elections. The legislation, passed by our GOP-dominated state legislature, was a blatant attempt to harm Democrats’ chances given that one-half of all voters […]

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UPDATED: Obama is totes trolling the GOP with the SCOTUS nomination of Merrick Garland

UPDATED: Obama is totes trolling the GOP with the SCOTUS nomination of Merrick Garland

President Obama’s nomination of the moderate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is, perhaps, his most blatant trolling of Republicans during his entire presidency. Make no mistake, Garland is eminently qualified. Not only that, he’s liked by Democrats and Republicans alike. NPR’s SCOTUS-watcher Nina Totenberg described Garland as a “gentle individual” and pointed out that Republican […]

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GUEST POST – Dishonoring the Constitution: The Senate majority’s fundamental misunderstanding of “Advice and Consent”

The following guest post was written by Nick Krieger, an attorney and former clerk in the Court of Appeals. Follow him on Twitter at @nckrieger. His essay is published here with permission. Enjoy. “Republican senators have dishonored the original meaning of the United States Constitution” We hear it almost every day. Like a broken record, the Republicans in the United […]

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There was a 3rd SCOTUS decision this week progressives should be thrilled with, one with implications for Michigan

There was a 3rd SCOTUS decision this week progressives should be thrilled with, one with implications for Michigan

As the celebrations over the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell (which upheld the Affordable Care Act [again]) and their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (which found same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional) begin settle down, it’s worth looking at a third case they decided this week that should have progressives applauding. This one, Texas Department of Housing […]

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How Obamacare is moving the cause of LGBT equality forward

How Obamacare is moving the cause of LGBT equality forward

The law has delivered great progress, but there’s still more work to be done. With LGBT Pride Month still in full swing, it’s a great time to celebrate the progress made by and for the LGBT community, especially in healthcare access thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At the same time, there’s a lot at stake this month, between […]

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INTERVIEW: How Freedom to Marry won hearts and minds on marriage equality — and what’s next

INTERVIEW: How Freedom to Marry won hearts and minds on marriage equality — and what’s next

Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, talks about the road to marriage equality. With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality expected in just a few short weeks — and a historic victory for marriage equality in Ireland last week — anticipation, and hope, are high among those who support the right of same-sex couples to […]

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Tim Walberg cosponsors bill to defile the US Constitution and interfere with the Supreme Court

Tim Walberg cosponsors bill to defile the US Constitution and interfere with the Supreme Court

Members of the tea party caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives spend enormous amounts of energy and time waving around the U.S. Constitution and making claims about how their opponents don’t respect it. However, a recent move by several House Republicans, including Michigan’s Tim Walberg, show just how little regard they have for the Constitution when it interferes with […]

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An open letter to Gov. Rick Snyder: Give Michigan a state-based insurance marketplace

An open letter to Gov. Rick Snyder: Give Michigan a state-based insurance marketplace

Prove to your constituents that you care about everyone in the state — not just big-money special interests. Dear Governor Snyder: I didn’t vote for you in either election, but you are Michigan’s governor. I haven’t agreed with you on much, but you did support Medicaid expansion in Michigan, although you could have done a lot more to urge the […]

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Another day, another loss in court for Michigan’s largest tax-waster, Attorney General Bill Schuette

Another day, another loss in court for Michigan’s largest tax-waster, Attorney General Bill Schuette

Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking regarding pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The ruling allows the EPA to put tighter controls on the plants to prevent pollution in one state from having negative impacts on the health and safety of residents of another state. Michigan Attorney General was one of […]

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